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Sebastian Knell finished Vet school in 2003 at the University of Giessen. Under the Supervision of Prof. Pierre Montavon he started his residency in 2007 and passed the board exams in 2012. Since 2012 till December 2019 he worked as a faculty and in the end together with Prof Antonio Pozzi leading the orthopedic service at the Vet School in Zurich.
Ceriel became a ECVS board certified specialist in 2008. He has been a member of the scientific committee of the European Veterinary Conference the Voorjaarsdagen for 7 years. Next to his clinical work in his practice, he is actively contributing to training students and residents by surgically treating companion animals at the University Clinic one day a week.
Bouvien Brocks graduated in 2001 from Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Hereafter she was trained as a specialist in companion animal surgery, which was finalized by the diplomacy of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Bouvien likes to learn veterinarians the skills on veterinary surgery, as well as making surgery affordable for the owner and practice owner by achieving efficiency and accuracy in daily practice.
Conor McNeill moved to the United States after graduating as a vet at Utrecht University in 2003. There he completed a one-year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Hanneke Roest graduated 33 years ago in Veterinary Medicine from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She co-founded the first ferret foundation in the Netherlands in 1989 and the “Ferret Symposium foundation” in 2004.
Nico Schoemaker graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht 1994, which was directly followed by an internship in Companion Animal Medicine and a residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery at the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals at Utrecht University.
Annika Haagsman graduated as veterinarian in 2007 at Utrecht University. Form 2007-2008 she worked in 3 different private practices in the Netherlands. In 2008 she started her Surgical Internship at Utrecht University. Also in Utrecht she started her Residency in Small Animal Surgery which she finished in 2014.
Joachim is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a specialist in soft tissue surgery and he has a particular interest in oncological reconstructive surgery, thoracic surgery and colorectal surgery. He currently works in the Evidensia referral clinics of Barendrecht and “Hart van Brabant” in Waalwijk.
Robert Favier is active as a veterinarian, internist for companion animals, researcher, speaker, and educational entrepreneur, and has over 20 years of experience with educating veterinarians in the clinical workplace. He is the Program Director of the Master of Veterinary Medicine - companion animals.
After graduation, Yves works at the Department of Medical Imaging and Small Animal Orthopaedics. From 2008 to June 2013 he was a full time assistant and under the guidance of Prof. Dr. B. Van Ryssen he finished his PhD on Elbow incongruity in the dog in 2011. Since July 2013 he is Doctoral Assistant in the Orthopedic department.
Mark Acierno received his DVM from Mississippi State University. After an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he completed an internal medicine residency at Tufts University. Dr. Acierno spent 12 years at the Louisiana State University developing one of the most advanced nephrology programs in the world.
Tera Pijnacker studied Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University from 2006-2013, during which period she did an Honors Program in Neurophysiology (2011). In 2016 Tera started her ECVIM-CA Internal Medicine residency at the University Clinic for Companion Animals (UKG).
Maria Afonso qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Porto in 2012. She has worked in small animal veterinary practice and has held diverse roles in veterinary and science communication and education in the United Kingdom. She completed a PhD in Veterinary Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. She currently works at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital (University of Liverpool).
Herman Egberink studied veterinary medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands where he graduated in 1983. He joined the Department of Virology and became associate professor 1997. He is a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association registered specialist in Veterinary Microbiology (Virology) and member of the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD).
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The Scientific committee of the Companion Animal programme will be proud to present to you an impressive list of renowned national and international speakers that will guide you through the most interesting topics of, and insights in, veterinary companion animal medicine.
The Pre-congress master classes will give you hands on practical skills for the small animal practitioner. Thursday and Friday are filled with streams containing multiple lectures, giving you the theoretical knowledge needed for your day-to-day cases.
Masterclasses: pre congress day (full day)